The Australian Institute of Architects announced this week Fuse has been shortlisted for the 2021 NSW Architecture Awards in the Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing Category
VIEW was conceived as a design excellence competition for a mixed-use tower within the Rockdale Town Centre. It aimed to encapsulate and extend the vibrant character of the existing lowscale stock and present in an iconic form, the ambitions of its future character.
As a studio, we sought to explore the latent potential for innovation in multiple dwelling housing, to provide homes that were economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable and provide an appropriate gateway building into an aspirational town centre.
At the heart of the development is an open breezeway, which compositionally unites the towers whilst practically allowing residents to turn their backs away from the compromised environment. This planning strategy maximises the quantum of north facing apartments for optimum orientation and amenity, allowing the building to breathe whilst also capturing distant city views.
The breezeway is veiled with a metallic golden screen derived from the organic lines of neighbouring Botany Bay. This formal gesture is reinforced with an important overlay for social interaction. Bridges and voids weave through the space and connect vertically dispersed communal courtyards. These green spaces are raised for protection from the harshness of the ground plane and act both as an environmental filter and a quiet space in which to retreat.